the concerts, the exhibitions in Haut Allier are friendly convivial
events. No world-class painters or sculptors, no internationally famous
names, but plenty of works by talented artists, sculptors and
photographers from the Auvergne and from other parts of France.
13th - 25th July 2017 9°
Biennale de l'Aquarelle 9th
France's premier watercolour event
Ilpize - Chapelle
Exhibitions daily from 7th July
to 24th August.
10 au 16 July - Steve Francis
sculptures sur bois, Joe
Francis – photos.
17 - 23 July - Michel Ternet
7 au 13 August-
Artists in résidence , with Diane Chazelles
Chapelle Notre Dame du Portail
20 July -
20 - 30 July Bruno Ange : pottery
1 - 15 August - Exhibition for the 70th anniversary of
de l’Aquarelle 13 - 25 July
A town full of free watercolour exhibitions from top international
Other exhibitions all summer in the Maison
Mandrin, in the Mirandelle
gallery (above the tearoom) (watercolours by Michel Léger) and in the Vincent Besançon
de la visitation 12 July - 19 August
. FRAC Auvergne Exhibition – (The regional contemporary arts
foundation) - Camille
Saint-Jacques "The sky as a mirror"
des Arts et Traditions Populaires
2 - 19 July :
Mireille Granet, Yvonne Litaudon, Marie Sorg
From paintbrush to chalk - Watercolours and acrylics
21 July - 8 August Rainbow earth colours Françoise Mogenet "FranMo"Peinture,
10 - 31 August
"Two voices" Annick
Nuger et Jacques de Verdal
Watercolours and sculpture
Val d'Allier area
Saint Julien. Magnificent Romanesque basilica - Recently awarded the
Michelin guide's top three-star accolade - one of only four such
monuments in Auvergne. * Aquarium - L'Allier, France's greatest salmon river.
de la Dentelle, lacemaking museum
Ilpize: mediaeval castle
Open daily - Free ; guided visits Thursdays in summer, 9.30 a.m. and
p.m. Some visits with English-speaking guide.
Former Cluniac priory (11th - 18th centuries) , Maison des oiseaux. Ornithological centre. Mediaeval bridge.
Allagnon et Senouire
Hilltop village with dramatic views. Ancient terraces being renovated,
impressive castle (no visits)
Blesle Historic small town - one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France"
Romanesque church & cloisters - the finest cloisters in
Auvergne, fine mediaeval murals.
Musée populaire. Folk museum. Open daily. One of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France"
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